Holland America Sip Savor Sail A Solid Win For Cruise Travelers

Holland America Line‘s Sip Savor Sail initiative takes a base cruise vacation experience already rich in culinary effort and makes it better.  Bringing on board guest chefs, winemakers and brewmasters, the ships of Holland America Line travel the world, adding location-specific bonus content: a solid win for cruise travelers.  With each bonus event priced ala carte, Holland America keeps the cruise fare price low on Sip Savor Sail itineraries.  That distinction effectively puts destination immersion with a culinary focus well within reach of even the most budget-sensitive traveler.

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Nightly ‘Sip Savor’ events happen as part of normal programming on Holland America Line ships.  The $5 per guest fee includes a glass of wine, an appetizer of some sort and some chat with a chef from the ship, the ship’s cellar master or some other interesting member of the crew.  Held in the ship’s Cultural Arts Center display kitchen, this is a wonderful way to start the evening on any sailing.  On a Sip Savor Sail itinerary, those Sip Savor events include the guest chef, winemaker or other celebrity as well.

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Featured Events are exclusive to the Sip Savor Sail content.  The Best of the Northwest Wine Tasting with Wine Expert Bob Bertheau ($15 per person) included a number of wines from the rapidly growing Pacific Northwest wine region.

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A Last Frontier Brunch Hosted By The Guest Chefs ($19 per person) brought Pacific Northwest cuisine from chefs Jeff Maxfield and Seis Kamimura.


The Brewmaster‘s Lunch ($29 per person) hosted by Alaska Brewing Company paired five courses with five Alaska Brewing Company beers.

All of the above, plus onboard programming specific to the itineraries run by Holland America Line ships make for a total immersion into the places they visit.  On our Alaska sailing, for example, other events included a North to Alaska Sailaway Party, an Alaskan Salmon Bake on deck, talks from time to time by the ship’s Location Guide and more.

Simply put, the Holland America Line Sip, Savor, Sail element bumps up onboard programming to a level in the ballpark of Food and Wine-themed sailings on premium-priced cruise lines.  This is a great stand-alone product worthy of a try by fans of big ship cruising that want a bit more than the standard fare.   If those fans are located in the Pacific Northwest, as many on our sailing were, this ‘drive to the port, sail to Alaska’ itinerary is a no-brainer to book now.

Find Out More About Sip Savor Sail

Here is more about the outstanding experience we enjoyed on Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam, sailing 7 days round-trip from Seattle.

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